It appears as if gamers are still not ready to go fully digital. While many welcome the idea, there seems to be something keeping many from going the full digital route. From a report through the NPD, it seems that gamers, even when preferring digital, still buy a physical copy of a game.
Gamers that prefer digital games over physical, still play far more physical copies of games over digital. Also, the increase from players that prefer digital, to actually playing more digital games, has increased a little more than 30%. From a piece of the report:
Question: What percentage of console digital players are also playing physical games on their consoles?
Question: What percentage of console digital players are playing more digital games on their consoles than they did a year ago?
The report shows that gamers that prefer digital games are still very much interested in physical copies of games. Additionally, the gamers that prefer digital also stated that buying more digital games had no effect on their buying of physical games.
This could lead to a number of questions as to why gamers that, even though they prefer digital, still buy physical. A couple of reasons I can think of right off the top of my head, would be; The size of hard drives available on consoles compared to the size of games, as well as, download speed. You may save much more time heading down to a GameStop, Target etc, to buy your game instead of waiting for the download.
Do you prefer digital games? If so, what is it that may be keeping you from going the full digital route?